A Needle Pulling Thread Issue 52 Sampler

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At ANPTmag, we hope you are in good health. This new issue highlights projects inspired by the special people in the lives of our expert needlework contributors. It's a heartwarming issue, with more than 20 inspiring project ideas to make for yourself or a loved one.

While we're sew at home, we're there with you in spirit talking about how the needle arts have healing properties, as you may already have experienced. Sit comfortably and enjoy articles about working with transfer artist paper, a look at the mind-blowing embroidery on a 1911 wedding dress, and what's to love about pinnies. We have your list of favourite relatives covered. Project ideas like a reading cushion for the avid reader, a cross stitched diploma for mothers, a quilted waterproof lunch bag, and the itsy-bitsy patchwork of the excellent quilter Olesya Lebedenko, just to name a few. Stay home and stay creative! Until the next Issue - Carla

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E ditor's letter

I had already written a draft of

my letter to you before the virus

took on a greater part of our

daily lives. The letter was about

how the extraordinary projects

in this issue were inspired by the

special people in the lives of our

contributors.

I edited my letter to express my

compassion for families who are

going through a difficult time with

a loved one who tested positive

for COVID-19, or worse, having lost

a family member.

It is the first time in history that we

have been asked on a global scale

to stay apart and at home, while

simultaneously (on the upside)

being most connected through

social media, phone calls, and

video calls. I found myself so very

busy on video calls with friends

typically busy at work, are now

at home joining video groups!

'Together at home' is the new

motto, and thankfully so.

Soon after the lockdown there

was a big demand for crafting in

general, I mean how are we to

spend this period of isolation?

With so much to partake in the

needle arts, where do we begin?

Well for one, many have dedicated

this period of isolation to finish

UFOs, posting their results on

Facebook or Instagram. This is

quite an accomplishment after

abandoning a project for quite

some time.

Many are taking this time to

rethink a project, unravel and start

fresh, modify what they had left

for unachievable. This is an ideal

opportunity.

favourite relatives

Many LYS or LQS are selling online,

taking orders by phone or email

with curb pick-up options all for

the purpose of keeping us safe

and busy at home, crafting.

I invite you to share your finished

projects, the ones you've

conquered as well as the ones

born from isolation, and post these

with #TheSewGoesOn. Because,

once the virus has been tamed, we

will, as avid crafters keep crafting.

Stay safe and stay calm.

Cheerfully,

Make & Stay Calm

I hope this letter

finds you

in good health.

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12 Cathy McClean

quilting

Water Resistant Lunch Bag

16 Sarah Vanderburgh

quilting

Home for the Holidays

Table Runner

22 Lynn Swanson

sewing

Amy’s Reading Cushion

26 Clodagh Coker

quilting

Spotted Spools Quilted Banner

30 Olesya Lebedenko

patchwork

Black Cat Quilt Scraps

34 Sarah Vanderburgh

quilting

Forty – a Birthday Quilt

38 Elaine Theriault

quilting

This is How I Roll Quilt

40 Daphne Greig

quilting

Woven Pathways Quilt

44 Nubia Moreira

sewing

Whimsical Pin Cushion

56 Lorraine Thompson

knitting

Thoughtful Soles Series

Bumps in the Road Socks

60 Lorraine Thompson

knitting

A Tea Cozy for the

Adventurous Knitter

64 Nancy Lekx

knitting

Colours for Diane Shawl

68 Nancy Lekx

knitting

Bronze Relief Scarf

70 Ruth Forbes

crochet

Symphony Vest in Cronetics

74 Jo Gatenby

cross stitch

Flamingo Greeting Cards

80 Patty Brake

cross stitch

Ember Anne 2020 Sampler

84 Cynthia MacDougall

cross stitch

Mom Certificate

88 Iryna Varabei

nizanka

Talisman for Good Luck

90 Judith Marquis

smocking

Tooth Fairy Cushion

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issue

3 Editor’s Letter

6 Mark Your Calendars!

6 Advertiser Index

8 Heather McArthur

The Quilter's Connection

My Father, a Man Who

Made a Difference

Breast Cancer Pillow

52 Cynthia MacDougall

Knit Together

FIBRES - Every Yarn Has Its Purpose

59 Knitting

Standard Abbreviations

& Terms

98 Business Directory

46

Special Features

46 Pinnies

Cynthia MacDougall

48 In the Studio with Ana Buzzalino

Working with Transfer Artist Paper

Ana Buzzalino

94 Healing Through Embroidery

Susan Cuss

96 1911 Wedding Dress

Karen Kovach

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Water

Resistant

Lunch Bag

Going to school is always a special

time. So when I was looking for

a gift idea, I thought about my

grandchildren. I always like to give

them something special for back to

school; my granddaughter was so

excited to go to Grade 1 and stay for

lunch. I combined her excitement

for staying for lunch, her love of

butterflies and the colour purple,

and my love to embellish fabric,

to create a one-of-a-kind water

resistant, insulated lunch.

Using Gütermann cotton thread,

new Odicoat from Odif and Unique

Quilting Therm Fleece, this bag will

keep the lunch cool or warm and is

easy to wipe clean.

Odif Odicoat protects your fabrics

and projects. It’s resistant to water

and stains, and is great to use for

placemats, bags, aprons, tablecloths

and more.

Have fun and create your own

bag using those left-over pieces

in your stash. You can use my

measurements or change the size,

make it water resistant or not, the

choice is yours.

– Cathy

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Top thread: Gütermann Cotton thread

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to create three pockets; one for a

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(use above measurement) and one

for that special snack. Baste the side

seams together.

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Sew across.

11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 for the lining.

12. Adding the closure: slide one piece of

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off any excess. Sew on the second side

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15. Measure 1½” down from the bag top.

Sew ribbon closure in place.

16. Insert lining into bag wrong sides

together, match the side seams. Clip

to hold in place.

17. Baste.

18. Sew double-fold bias binding to the top.

19. Fill the bag full of treats, turn the top

over a couple of times.

20. Enjoy the look in the eyes of that

special little grandchild.

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Home for the Holidays

Table runner

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Amy’s

Reading

Cushion

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Spotted

Spools

Quilted

Banner

Quilters are

among the most

generous of people

I have come across,

making quits for

friends, family and

especially those in

need. Made from

the heart with

love and kindness,

a quilt provides

comforting

warmth and

softness to its

recipients. While

we love to support

charity quilting,

it’s always a special

day when quilters

come into the store

proudly declaring

that they’re finally

making a quilt for

themselves and

watching them

cherish the time

spent selecting

the perfect fabrics.

Inspired by the

vibrant colours

of the Spotted

2019 collection

designed by

Brigitte Heitland of

Zen Chic for Moda,

the Spotted Spool

mini quilt is the

perfect project for

quilters to ‘spoil’

themselves or

perhaps spoil one

of their quilting

friends with this

quilt. After all,

thread and colour

is like candy to a

quilter!

– Clodagh

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#TheSewGoesOn

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Be part of a passionate sewing

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Black Cat

Quilt Scraps

365 days quilt

scraps challenge

This black cat is the 280th patchwork

block in Olesya’s year-long quilt scrap

challenge 2019. The challenge has

been a resounding success for Olesya

on social media. She published a

book, Moments in Pieces, to celebrate

the achievement. In this feature, she

shares her black cat pattern with

ANPTmag. – Carla

The cat patchwork blocks are the

most popular on my Instagram page

and all of them were for my daughter.

I’m allergic to cats and we can't have

one as a pet for her. Therefore, I make

many toys or patchwork blocks that

feature cats. – Olesya

skill level intermediate

finished measurements

3½” [9cm] block

materials

fabric

• fabric scraps

notions

• thread to match fabric

• embroidery floss for embellishing

• sewing needles and pins

• buttons and beads

• sharp scissors

• ruler

• rotary cutter

• pencil or water-soluble marker

other

• transfer paper

• embossing tool 1.2mm and 1.8mm for

drawing eyes

• paint for painting on fabric, white

and black or use beads, buttons and

embroidery floss for face details

• paintbrush

• water based pigment ink pad,

suggested in rose colour for blush

• colour printer

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Fort y

a Birthday Quilt

This quilt was

designed as a gift for

my sister's fortieth

birthday. She’s also a

quilter and gave me

several of the fabrics

used in this quilt.

She’s an eclectic

individual involved

in several fiber arts

including knitting. I

thought she would

enjoy a quilt made

up of a variety of

fabrics and that the

large flying geese

blocks can also be

seen as giant knitted

stitches! I hope she

enjoys having it

draped across her

legs while enjoying a

good book, a tennis

match, or more

likely, while knitting

and watching a

Muppet movie.

Happy Birthday, sis!

– Sarah

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This is How I Roll

When asked to

make a quilt about

a relative, I had to

think. What fabric

collection would

work? Who would

be the recipient of

the quilt? However,

when I saw the

Ride On collection

by Banyan Batiks

and being a cycling

fanatic, I decided

that the relative

should be ME!

Who says you can

have too many

quilts?

I chose my

favourite colours

from all four

colourways of the

Ride On collection

including Purple

Ocean, Berry

Orange, Silver

Stone, and Brown

Honey. I love the

vibrant colours, I

love the treads

as they create a

crisscross path

across the surface

of the quilt and

look at all those

bike designs. What

Crazy Quilter on a

Bike wouldn’t want

this quilt?

– Elaine

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Woven Pathways

My quilt is made for my mother who

celebrates her 90th birthday this

year. She taught me to sew and always

encourages and supports me, particularly

in my business as quilt designer, teacher,

author and, recently, as a fabric designer.

When thinking about her special

birthday my mind wandered to women

in our family, particularly my mother,

my grandmother and me. I thought of

how we are linked together through the

generations. As I played with the design for

this one-block quilt I discovered a way to

arrange 3 'links' that weave in and out, one

link to represent each of us.

When selecting fabrics I chose orange

for my mother's link since she loves fall

colours and turquoise for me because I’m

drawn to the colours of water. For the link

that weaves in and out through the other

links I chose purple for my grandmother.

She used purple accents throughout her

home. Perhaps it reminded her of thistles

and her Scottish heritage. The resulting

quilt is a triadic colour scheme which is a

pleasing combination. I chose a fabric with

strong value contrast for the background.

Although it’s busy and large scale, the

contrast works well and adds visual texture

to the quilt. I hope you’ll select colours that

have meaning for you to make your quilt.

–Daphne

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Photo by Amanda Sandlin

Sock 1 ZOOM

Sock 2 ZOOM

The relative I chose to

honour for this issue is

my nephew-in-law.

He is a devoted family

man, an adventurous

sportsman, a very

skilled carpenter and

a master at keeping

motors operating.

For these socks I used

my own car motif on

the legs and almost

hidden words on the

soles to congratulate

him for his work. I’m

proud of him. He

deserves a pair of

handknit socks!

– Lorraine

Bumps

in the

Road

So c ks

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Thoughtful Soles Series

DARK MUSHROOMS

WINTER IS COMING

Crochet Designs by NanaRuth

416-754-0998

www.NanaRuth.com

NEW! Downloadable Book!

Main focus is traditional designs in

crochet and knit for children.

All garments are designed and/

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Baptismal sets, dresses, suits,

blankets and shams, cardigans, hats

and other items.

WIGGLE ROOM

COLOURWASH

Hardanger House

designs by Betty Stokoe Oldham

bettystokoe@gmail.com, 403-430-0464

Betty incorporates traditional

hardanger embroidery in her

contemporary designs. From small

quick-to-stitch gift ideas to larger

pieces for your home decor, you'll

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View them all on Etsy:

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WOOL STEW

HIGH FIBRE

Rypan Designs

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NEW! Downloadable Patterns!

Maria Rypan is an international

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for many publications. Since 1995

Maria teaches, produces a kit line and

presents on beading & global folk arts.

Welcome to Thoughtful Soles Series by Lorraine

Thompson! This is a zany collection of knitted sock

patterns to tickle your funny bone every time you wear

them. High Fibre is the sixth sock pattern in this series.

The following sock patterns were published in previous

issues: Dark Mushrooms (Issue 46), Wiggle Room (Issue 47),

Winter is Coming (Issue 48), Colourwash, (Issue 49), Wool

Stew (Issue 50) and High Fibre (Issue 51).

Lorraine Thompson

905.885.0347 x415

A Needle Pulling Thread Standard abbreviations & terms

alt = alternate

approx = approximately

beg = begin(ning)

BO= bind off

CC = contrast colour

ch = chain

cm = centimetre(s)

cn = cable needle

co = cast on

cont = continue, continuing

dc = double crochet

dec = decrease(s), decreasing

dpn = double-pointed needle(s)

foll = following

g = gram(s)

hdc = half double crochet

inc = increase(s), increasing

in(s) = inch(es)

k = knit

kf&b or kfb = knit into front and back of st

(increase)

ktbl = knit through the back loop

k2tog = knit 2 sts tog (right-leaning decrease)

k3tog = knit 3 sts together (double rightleaning

decrease)

m = marker

m = meter(s)

m1 = Make 1 stitch: pick up the horizontal

strand between 2 stitches from front to

back and knit it tbl (lifted increase)

MC = main colour

mm = millimetre(s)

oz = ounce(s)

p = purl

p2tog = purl 2 sts tog (decrease)

patt = pattern

pfb = purl into front and back of stitch

(increase)

pm = place marker

psso = pass slipped stitch over

RS = right side

rem = remain(ing)

rep = repeat

rev = reverse

rnd = round

sc = single crochet

sl = slip

skp = slip one st, knit next st, pass

slipped st over knit st (dec)

ssk = slip, slip, knit: slip 2 sts knitwise, 1

at a time, insert left-hand needle

into front of both sts and knit

them tog (left-leaning decrease)

sssk = slip next three stitches

individually, knitwise. Insert tip of

left needle from front to back into

the fronts of these three stitches

and knit them together (double

left-leaning decrease)

st(s) = stitch(es)

St st = stocking stitch

tbl = through back loop

tog = together

tr = treble crochet

WS = wrong side

yo = yarn over

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A Tea Cozy

for the

Adventurous

Knitter

This project is a tea cozy covered with an alphabet of

knitting terms. It’s a pattern which gives the opportunity

to use colour-stranding and to try steeking.

Of course, it can be made without the steeks, just knit

the front and the back separately and then join above and

below the openings.

I prefer to knit in the round when I’m doing colour work,

hence the need for steeks.

This pattern could be made into a hat if you knit just the

charts and used a larger needle. Bonus! – Lorraine

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Colours

for Diane

Shawl

There is the family you

are born into, and there

is the family you choose.

A group of colleagues, all

now retired from teaching,

is one such chosen family

for me. Diane, a knitter,

is part of that family, and

since knitters rarely receive

hand knitted gifts, I have

designed this shawl for her.

Diane loves colour so I have

chosen a curated collection

of bright shades from

Koigu Wool Designs.

Choose more subdued shades,

or knit the entire shawl in

one variegated, tonal or

solid-coloured yarn for your

more conservative relatives.

Approximately 800 yards

of yarn are required to knit

a shawl to the size of the

sample. With additional

yarn, you could make a larger

shawl; the eyelet pattern

and/or the border pattern

can be repeated as many

times as desired.

– Nancy

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Bronze

Relief

Scarf

When I was a child, Dad would take

me to the farm to visit his parents,

and I remember that I always

had more fun when his younger

brother, John, was also there.

Uncle John, now in his eighties, is

retired, but not retiring. He and

his wife of fifty years are both very

active in their community. He has

faced some health challenges in

recent years and has borne the

difficulties with determination and

humour. This scarf, knit in a bronze

colour, symbolizes his strength of

character–and complements his

brown leather jacket.

– Nancy

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Symphony

Vest

in

Cronetics

The Symphony Vest in

Cronetics is crocheted

in vertical panels with

modified drop shoulder

styling. This garment in

the Cronetics method

that I created many

years ago, is the first of

its kind to be presented

to the public. Many

thanks to my lovely

granddaughter, Rachel,

for her assistance in this

presentation. –Ruth

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Photos by Ruth Forbes


Flam-azing mom

backstitching

Flamingo legs and mom’s eyelashes:

backstitch with 2 strands of black

(DMC 310)

Rest of Flamingo bodies including hair

bow: backstitch with 1 strand of black

(DMC 310)

All wording: backstitch with 2 strands of

dark pink (DMC 601)

Flamingo-od birthday

backstitching

Words HAVE A: backstitch with 2 strands

of black (DMC 310)

Word FLAMINGO (NOT letters O, D):

backstitch with 2 strands of dark pink

(DMC 601)

Letters O, D: backstitch with 2 strands of

medium pink (DMC 603)

Word BIRTHDAY: backstitch with 2

strands of dark blue (DMC 825)

Black outlined tassels on streamers:

backstitch with 2 strands of dark blue

(DMC 825)

Flamingo legs and eyelashes: backstitch

with 2 strands of black (DMC 310)

Flamingo body: backstitch with 1 strand

of black including horn and hat – but not

streamers

BACKSTITCHING INSTRUCTIONS

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Ember

Anne

2020

This design was inspired both by the celebration of our

newest family member, Ember Anne, and from cross

stitch samplers common to my province in the mid 1800s.

Ember’s birth provided the perfect opportunity to pull

motifs from antique samplers to create something entirely

new. Antique samplers were often stitched by very young

girls and sometimes mistakes were made. In keeping

with this aspect of antique samplers, you’ll find common

mistakes incorporated into this design. Therefore, watch

your counting carefully! - Patty

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Photos by Maggie Langer Photography


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Mom Certificate

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I made this Talisman for my son who is an athlete. He

takes this good luck charm to all cycling races, keeping it

in his pocket. I taught him how to use it.

Within the Talisman, there are three ancient

magic symbols.

The main one is the burdock plant. The burdock itself

is a symbol of good, happy luck. As the head of the

burdock plant has burs, and burs are therefore clingy,

it represents good luck clinging to whomever holds

the charm. It’s also important to note that the colour

of burdock is purple. The sign of burdock is the very

stylised outer pattern of both designs.

Talisman for

Good Luck

In the center of the red side of the

charm is the solar symbol of the fern

flower which symbolizes strength and

health.

In the center of the purple side is a

symbol that represents the word ‘your’,

interpreted as ‘everyone has its own

ancestor, or forefather’. In Belarusan

it’s called Chur. I remember as a child

playing games with friends, we often

called out, “Chur, chur...!”, as if calling

out some magic spell to win.

It's a ritual now before the start of a

race or any important event, that my

son will say three times, Chur! to me.

Which implies ‘Chur help me, grant me a

winning race’. And so, the spell goes.

– Iryna

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Tooth Fairy Cushion

There comes a time in most

children’s lives when they’ll no

longer want to wear smocking. But

do not despair if you’re a mom or

grandmother who loves to smock

and still want to do so for your little

ones. There are other things you can

create which they don’t have to wear -

like this little tooth fairy cushion.

Picture smocking is yet another form

of smocking which employs rows

of cable stitches mirror imaged to

build objects or delightful characters.

When stitching this kind of

smocking, it might help to think of it

as building with Lego © blocks.

This little Tooth Fairy Cushion

can be created in any colour using

coordinating fabrics and trimmed

with ruffles, piping or medium to

large rick rack. Our sample has

been stitched in flannel, framed in

grosgrain ribbon and applied to the

surface of the cushion fabric. Several

stitches (which can be found in most

embroidery books) and methods

have been employed to achieve

finished design.

If you don’t smock, this design could

easily be converted to cross stitch or

quilted appliqué, even shadow work.

– Judith

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